WARREN - A recall effort targeting the mayor of Newton Falls has missed its mark, but the man leading the undertaking is vowing another shot, saying there is a ''tsunami'' of support to remove the controversial official.
''We will go back to the streets and get this issue on the ballot,'' said former councilman Phillip Beer, one of the petition drive organizers.
Beer spoke after Trumbull County's Board of Elections on Tuesday rejected a petition asking voters to consider the removal of Mayor Pat Layshock and the election of a successor. The elections board cited a language error in the paperwork.
The error is contained in outdated wording that states election falsification is a misdemeanor crime. It should state falsification is a felony, which would reflect a change made to the law in 2001, said James Saker, Trumbull County assistant prosecutor.
A 2009 Ohio Supreme Court decision calls for the language to be mandatory and requires strict compliance, Saker said.
Residents upset with Layshock say his actions are responsible for the continuing friction within City Council. Beer said he and others in spent months collecting signatures but next time should be easier and faster because they already have a list.
How the recall works:
Organizers must collect signatures equal to 15 percent of the 2009 municipal election vote, or 195.
The elections board validates the petitions.
The city must set an election date between 30 and 40 days after validation.
Candidates for mayor must submit nominating petitions within 20 days of the election.
They need 195 signatures and collected 252.
Layshock did not respond to a message seeking comment.